For Prospective Clients

Why use a Quantity Surveyor on your project?

Contrary to common thought, Quantity Surveyors don’t “just count bricks”! Quantity Surveyors (QS) have vast construction knowledge and a high standard of technical understanding. Primarily acting as a ‘construction accountant’ from cost planning to final account stage, a QS can accurately advise on all aspects of expenditure. By using a Quantity Surveyor, you will also be employing an experienced construction professional who can advise on most aspects of construction; including procurement, methods of construction, contractual issues etc. A Quantity Surveyor is an imperative member of the design team.

What is a Bill of Quantities?

This is a document prepared by Quantity Surveyors using information prepared by the design team. In basic terms, each and every aspect of the project is measured using a standard method of measurement and scheduled out to produce separate bills. These form the completed document which is then used to obtain an overall price for the scheme.
For Students

Who is a Quantity Surveyor?

The Quantity Surveyor, also known as a Construction Economist, or Cost Manager, is one of a team of professional advisers to the construction industry.

As advisers, they estimate and monitor construction costs from the feasibility stage of a project through to the completion of the construction period. After construction, they may be involved with tax depreciation schedules, replacement cost estimation for insurance purposes and if necessary, mediation and arbitration.

How do you become a Quantity Surveyor?

Quantity Surveyors have usually completed an appropriate tertiary qualification and had some experience working in a professional practice. The courses range from 3 to 5 years and can be studied at some Ghanaian Universities and Polytechnics.

What sort of skills do I need?

Aside from being good with numbers, good Quantity Surveyors usually have analytical, creative and innovative minds. The graduate who chooses to work in the commercial sector will also have the opportunity to manage client relationships and deal with a wide range of Industry Professionals.

What will my salary be?

Although individual salaries will vary for different organisations, qualified Graduates who are affiliated with a professional body and have relevant Industry experience, enjoy some of the best incomes in the Property and Construction Industry.

Where could I work?

Quantity surveyors are employed predominantly in the construction industry, in both the public and private sectors. They may also work as academics in the building and construction disciplines and in financial institutions, as Relationship Managers, with developers and as Project Managers. In the Insurance Industry they may work as Risk Assessors. A Quantity Surveyor might also end up working for a multi-national firm, a boutique consultancy or for the Government or the Local District/Municipal Assembly.

Can I work overseas as a Quantity Surveyor?

Quantity Surveyors play a central role in one of the most exciting global industries, the Property and Construction Industry. Their skills are in high demand all over the world. However, you must possess the relevant qualifications and experience.

The Ghana Institution of Surveyors: Know More About Them

The Ghana Institution of Surveyors was established on 28th February 1969 at the Annual General Meeting of the Ghana Branch of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors at which a resolution was passed to that effect and the Constitution was promulgated.

Membership of the Ghana Institution Surveyors comprises members of the recognized Overseas Professional Bodies who were practising in Ghana viz: Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Quantity Surveyors. Members of the Licensed Surveyors Association also agreed to be incorporated into the Ghana Institution of Surveyors in the class of Licentiates. For more information about their activities, visit http://www.ghisonline.org.